1. Spanish Sweetheart
By K. Courtney DeWinter
(out of 4 stars)
500 16th St., Denver 303-298-7777
Denver Pavilions location, Latin dancing hot spot and watering hole.
A pricey menu, ear-splittingly loud Latin music piped into the dining room after 9 p.m.
Clay pot baked chicken, shrimp in spicy garlic sauce, crema brulee
Cheese selection appetizer, goat cheese appetizer, gazpacho, paella Andalucia, vegetable tapas platter, house salad, creamed spinach, au gratin potatoes, twice-baked potatoes.
2. From Russia with Love
By Rachael Graves and Matthew Leary
Little Russian Café
1424 Larimer St., 303-595-8600
Ethnic, out of the ordinary food, great vodkas, friendly service.
Easily forgotten location, parking.
Garlic vodka, vareniki, most specials.
3. French Kiss
By Lori Midson
Clair de Lune
1313 E. Sixth Ave. 303-831-1992
Impeccable ingredients finessed in ways that executive chef Sean Kelly masters beautifully.
Little elbow room, no credit cards.
Plateau de fruits de mer, antipasti misti, pan roasted wild striped bass, panna cotta.
One vegetarian entrée is always on the menu.
4. Cattle Call
By Lori Midson
Keg Steakhouse & Bar
1890 Wynkoop St. 303-296-0023
Thick, flavorful, hulking cuts of beef that do Denver steak houses proud.
Servers still haven’t found their footing, beware of the grilling rules if you opt for a burger.
French onion soup, baked garlic shrimp, lettuce wedge, filet mignon, prime rib, and the portobello mushroom sirloin steak.
House salad, lettuce wedge salad, all side dishes.